Regenerative Medicine Buzz: Stem Cells Vs Exosomes

Regenerative Medicine Buzz: Stem Cells Vs Exosomes

Regenerative medicine is becoming something of a buzzword in the medical community. Why? Because the human body is specially equipped to heal itself, and regenerative therapies tap into this powerful ability.

Regenerative medicine includes treatments like exosome therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Research around these therapies is expanding every day, but they show promise in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal pain conditions.

The doctors and staff at Oregon Medical Centers are proud to bring the latest in regenerative medicine to patients to the Salem/ Keizer & Aloha/ Beaverton, Oregon Community. One of our popular regenerative therapies is exosome therapy, and it uses elements of stem cells to revitalize the body.

Today, we’re taking a deep dive into the differences between exosome therapy and stem cell therapy. These two regenerative medicine treatments are often lumped together — but the truth is they have distinct differences, and exosome therapy may present distinct benefits.

Stem cells versus exosomes

Stem cells are a special type of cell found in the body. They’re unique because they can become any type of cell, and they act as both building blocks and repair mechanisms in your body.

Exosomes are extracellular vesicles, which is the medical term for tiny bubbles that are released from stem cells. Exosomes carry genetic information and proteins to cells throughout your body, and they create paths for communication between cells.

Stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy involves guiding stem cells into becoming specific cells in the body. Stem cells are found in several places, including embryos, umbilical cords, and in adult bone marrow and fat.

In stem cell therapy, donor stem cells are placed in your body to replace and repair diseased cells. Stem cells grow and divide for a long time, so treatment gets your body started on the healing process, and then it continues to create healthier cells over time.

Exosome therapy

Unlike stem cell therapy, exosome therapy doesn’t involve using donor cells in your body. Instead, exosomes are extracted from donated human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and sterilized.

The exosome solution contains valuable lipids, messenger-RNA, micro-RNA, signaling cytokines, and proteins.

Exosome therapy can be administered through intravenous (IV) therapy or direct injection in the treatment area.

Exosomes are powerful elements that can restore cells throughout your body. They enhance cell-to-cell communication, which is essential for overall cell health.

Compared to adult stem cells, exosomes contain nearly three times the amount of growth factors. More growth factors means a better ability to restore and revitalize target cells.

The benefits of exosome therapy

Exosome therapy is a highly targeted, flexible treatment for conditions like osteoarthritis, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal injuries. Genetic disorders, chronic and degenerative diseases, and the natural aging process can all inhibit your cells’ ability to communicate. Exosome therapy improves the communication channels between cells to stimulate healing.

Our Doctors and medical team are proud to adhere to strict product quality and sterility requirements in exosome therapy.

They cross the blood-brain barrier for maximum efficacy and they have a low risk of clumping. The exosomes we use are:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-fibrotic
  • Easy to administer

Exosome therapy is generally performed in an outpatient setting. 

If you have questions, Call Oregon Medical Centers in Salem or Aloha oregon at 503-390-1552 or request a consultation online.

Stem Cells can be found in the bone Marrow, Adipose tissue as well as Umbilical Cord. For people over 50+ years old, Umbilical Cord tissue is the best source of Stem Cells because it's from a young source. Typically Umbilical cord stem cells are from new born babies born via A C-section.

Mother & Father are screened. The mesenchymal stem cells of the Umbilical cord are the richest source of Stem Cells in the human body.

We utilize a multi-modal approach, including nutrition, modalities, home care therapy and special injection therapies to help our patients get the best care.  We only accept patients we can honestly help.

If you have questions, call 503-390-1552.   Two clinics to serve you: Salem is located on Liberty St NE next to Applebee's Restaurant off of the Martin Luther King Parkway ( Formerly Salem Parkway). Aloha clinic located on SW Tualatin Valley Hwy.

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July 20, 2023
Doctor Sunita Bhasin, Aloha & Salem, OR

Dr. Sunita Bhasin, D.C.

Dr. Bhasin grew up in Southern California and did her undergraduate work in pre-med at California State University Northridge, as well as Humboldt State University in California. Dr. Bhasin attended the University of Western States in Portland Oregon where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Dr. Bhasin has passed her National boards and her State Boards. Dr. Bhasin loves helping people and finds great joy helping injured people get out of pain and get their life back again. She has helped thousands of patients.